The 48 Laws of Power
Robert Greene
Contributed by Jack Shields
Chapter 44

Law Forty-Four: Disarm and Infuriate with the Mirror Effect


A mirror is important as it helps to reflect the reality that exists around the world. It can, however, be used as a reliable tool for deception. Where a person mirrors his enemies, he needs to do exactly what they do (Greene 376). The situation will, thus, confuse them and stop them from determining the strategy of the person. The mirror-effect has a chance of humiliating people and make them over-react and, thus become weak. From the process, the person has a chance to win against the enemies.  A story is given about Napoleon in 1815 where he had to rely on the behavior of Fouche who was a minister in his government (Greene 377). Through looking into the actions of the minister, he had the chance to engage in actions that bore a high likelihood to enable him to maintain a high sense of leadership.

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